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Head suspension and method of manufacturing the head suspension with particular electrical connection arrangement between a piezoelectric element and a wiring member
8416536 Head suspension and method of manufacturing the head suspension with particular electrical connection arrangement between a piezoelectric element and a wiring member
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Inventor: Fuchino, et al.
Date Issued: April 9, 2013
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Assignee:
Primary Examiner: Evans; Jefferson
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Attorney Or Agent: Jordan and Hamburg LLP
U.S. Class: 360/294.4; 360/244.8; 360/245.8
Field Of Search: 360/294.1; 360/294.3; 360/294.4; 360/294.6; 360/244.2; 360/244.5; 360/244.8; 360/245.2; 360/245.8; 360/245.9
International Class: G11B 5/56
U.S Patent Documents:
Foreign Patent Documents: 2002-050140; 2003-061371
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Abstract: A head suspension has a base, a piezoelectric element, a load beam, and a wiring member to supply electric power to the piezoelectric element so that the piezoelectric element deforms to move the load beam relative to the base. The wiring member has a conductive base layer, an insulating layer, and a wiring layer layered in this order. The wiring layer has a wiring electrode. The piezoelectric element has an element electrode. A through hole is formed through the conductive base layer and insulating layer, to expose the wiring electrode to the element electrode. A projection is formed on at least one of the wiring electrode and element electrode, to face the other electrode through the through hole. The projection brings the electrodes into contact with each other and a conductive adhesive joins the electrodes and together.
Claim: What is claimed is:

1. A head suspension having a base, a piezoelectric element, a load beam, and a wiring member, the wiring member having a conductive base layer, an insulating layer, and awiring layer layered in this order to supply electric power to the piezoelectric element so that the piezoelectric element deforms to move the load beam relative to the base in a sway direction, the head suspension comprising: a wiring electrode formedon the wiring layer of the wiring member; an element electrode formed on the piezoelectric element; a through hole formed through the conductive base layer and insulating layer of the wiring member to expose the wiring electrode to the elementelectrode; a projection formed on at least one of the wiring electrode and element electrode to face the other of the wiring electrode and element electrode through the through hole and bring the wiring and element electrodes into contact with eachother; and a conductive adhesive joining the connected electrodes in the contact state together.

2. The head suspension of claim 1, wherein the wiring electrode is provided with the projection, and the projection has a dome shape.

3. The head suspension of claim 2, wherein the projection has a hole at a top thereof, the hole facing the element electrode.

4. The head suspension of claim 2, wherein the conductive adhesive is liquid when applied, and a liquid stopper is formed on the wiring member around the through hole so as to face the element electrode to prevent the liquid conductive adhesivefrom diffusing.

5. The head suspension of claim 4, wherein the liquid stopper is formed by isolating a part of the conductive base layer of the wiring member into a ring that surrounds the through hole.

6. The head suspension of claim 5, wherein the liquid stopper has a portion extending along the dome-shaped projection of the wiring electrode.

7. The head suspension of claim 2, wherein the element electrode is provided with a projection facing the projection of the wiring electrode, and the projection on the element side has a dome shape.

8. The head suspension of claim 7, wherein the projection of the wiring electrode has, at the top thereof, a dome-shaped receiver.

9. The head suspension of claim 2, wherein the element electrode is provided with a dome-shaped receiver facing the projection of the wiring electrode.

10. The head suspension of claim 1, further comprising: a corrosion preventive film covering the conductive adhesive.

11. The head suspension of claim 1, wherein the projection has at least one hole at the skirt thereof, the hole facing the element electrode and allowing to form a corrosion preventive film over the conductive adhesive.

12. A method of manufacturing a head suspension of claim 1, the method comprising steps of: forming the through hole through the conductive base layer and insulating layer of the wiring member; forming the projection on at least one of thewiring electrode and element electrode so that the projection is faceable to the other electrode through the through hole; setting the piezoelectric element on the wiring member so that the element electrode and wiring electrode face each other throughthe through hole and come in contact with each other through the projection; and joining the wiring electrode and element electrode together with a conductive adhesive.

13. The method of claim 12, wherein the projection forming step presses a punch having a dome-shaped tip to a back of the wiring electrode, thereby forming a dome-shaped projection on the wiring electrode.

14. The method of claim 13, wherein the projection forming step is carried out with respect to a plurality of wiring members that are chained in a frame.

15. The method of claim 13, wherein the projection forming step includes a step of shaping the piezoelectric element, and the piezoelectric element shaping step sinters the piezoelectric element with a sintering jig having a dome-shapedprotrusion at a position corresponding to the projection of the wiring electrode, thereby forming a dome-shaped recess on the piezoelectric element at the position corresponding to the projection of the wiring electrode.

16. The method of claims 13, wherein the projection forming step thins the element electrode on the piezoelectric element at a position corresponding to the projection of the wiring electrode, thereby forming a dome-shaped receiver on thepiezoelectric element.

17. The method of claim 12, wherein the projection forming step includes a step of shaping the piezoelectric element, and the piezoelectric element shaping step sinters the piezoelectric element with a sintering jig having a dome-shaped recessat a position corresponding to the wiring electrode, thereby forming a dome-shaped bulge on the piezoelectric element at the position corresponding to the wiring electrode.

18. The method of claim 12, the projection forming step thickens the element electrode on the piezoelectric element at a position corresponding to the wiring electrode, thereby forming a dome-shaped projection on the piezoelectric element atthe position corresponding to the wiring electrode.
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